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As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...
Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...


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Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 19, 2014 — Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.


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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Churches, Agencies Mobilize for Tsunami Relief Effort

North Country churches and relief agencies are mobilizing their resources for both short- and long-term aid for the countries in South Asia and East Africa devastated by Sunday's tsunami and earthquake. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Reverend Maurice and Thandi Munthali. Maurice is pastor of Saint Andrews CCAP Church in Malawi, Livingstonia Synod. (photo: Presbyterian Church USA)

Malawi Pastor Shares Stories of AIDS Pandemic

AIDS is out of control in most of Africa. Almost 30 million people are infected in the countries of southern Africa alone. About one fifth of Malawi's adults have HIV/AIDS. A staggering 2.5 million of the country's 12.5 million people are infected. AIDS is the single biggest factor that keeps Malawi one of the poorest countries in the world. It robs its economy of its most productive workers. After losing three of his own brothers and their wives to the AIDS pandemic, the Reverend Maurice Munthali and his wife, Thandie, with three of their own children, adopted his brothers' 12 children. Pastor Munthalie toured the North Country earlier this month, visiting church and community leaders from Watertown to Plattsburgh, with a message of grace and hope. He spoke by phone with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Anti-smoking Groups Want More from Albany

Anti-smoking groups have begun pushing for a hike in the state's cigarette tax next year. They say the money may be needed to step up anti-smoking campaigns, and to help fund other health care programs. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lewis County Approves Canadian Pharmacy

Lewis County is joining a growing number of communities seeking to save money by buying prescription drugs from Canada. Lawmakers unanimously approved a plan to allow county...  Go to full article

Americans Look to Canada for Prescription Drugs, Raising Safety Questions

Because Canada's federal government regulates drug prices, name brand medications are far cheaper north of the border. The Bush Administration -- and the American drug...  Go to full article

Containing Chronic Wasting Disease

Throughout most of the Great Lakes region, there are huge numbers of white-tailed deer. Deer don't have the natural predators that they once did, so states rely on hunters to...  Go to full article

DEC Launches Burn Barrel Campaign

State environmental officials are renewing attention to the health and environmental dangers of burning trash outdoors. The Department of Environmental Conservation has...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Flu Caravan a Success, Many Seniors Still Unprotected

The supply of flu vaccine is extremely tight in the U.S. On Friday, two hundred and sixty people from Plattsburgh crossed the border in a caravan arranged by local...  Go to full article

Officials Urge NY Pharmacies to Post Drug Prices

After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates...  Go to full article

Study: High Drug Prices in NY

A study by consumer groups has found that prescription drug prices vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy in New York. The study also finds that drug prices in the state are...  Go to full article

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